Thursday, May 24, 2018 | ABJ
“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
The wealth we have is determined by God. According to his wisdom and sovereignty, God has placed each of us at some point on the economic spectrum. God has entrusted some people with considerable wealth; to others, he has provided lesser amounts.
The Bible does not assume that it is wrong for people to make money, but rather, it clearly states that God allows people to earn money. Solomon said that money is one of God’s many gifts to mankind. In fact, in Ecclesiastes chapter 5, Solomon said that God wants us to enjoy the fruit of our labor, namely, money which we have earned and the things it can buy.
David expressed it this way in his prayer recorded in the 29th chapter of First Chronicles: “Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.”
When you stop to think about it, Christians have a great thing going when it comes to money. According to this passage and to other scriptures, God gives us the power and ability to get wealth. God provides the energy, the stamina, the mental and physical ability, the creative juices, and whatever else it takes for us to earn a living. Since God owns everything, he is actually enabling us to earn that which is rightfully his.
What is really great about God’s plan from our perspective is that he then provides a blessing to us for giving back to him what was his in the first place! Sometimes the prayer offered before our church offering is received includes the thought that we are only giving back to God a portion of what he has given to us. That prayer is very scriptural, for in the First Chronicles passage, David said, “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
In reality, then, there is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. As the Apostle Paul so clearly asked the believers at Corinth, “For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7). This morning as you give to God, remember the source of your funds. Yes, you did your part by working and by laboring by “the sweat of your brow,” but in reality, God gave you the ability to get money.
And as the old chorus by Wendell Loveless asks:
After all he’s done for me,
After all he’s done for me,
How can I do less than give him my best,
And live for him completely,
After all he’s done for me?”
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